Ladies must try! Niseko Grand Hotel’s Konbu hot spring has a beautifying effect like a face lotion

Review of Niseko Grand Hotel | Niseko 412
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Onsen Sommelier Gucchi
Updated Jun 13, 2017

Konbu hot spring is rich in metasilicic acid which is believed to have a high beautifying effect on the skin – about 100 mg of it can be found in 1 kg of the hot spring’s water. Niseko Grand Hotel’s hot spring sources are very rich in this metasilicic acid – two of them contain about 400 mg, while another one has 600 mg! Yes, we can say that this is the ultimate hot spring for pretty skin. I will introduce Niseko Grand Hotel’s hot spring which is highly recommended for ladies.

Niseko Grand Hotel’s appearance

This hotel has quite a history. But there is no link between choosing a hot spring by its looks and choosing a hot spring for its beautification effect.

In my personal experience, old inns often have better quality hot springs. What do you look for in a hot spring? Is it atmosphere and novelty, or the water itself? The choice is up to you. I’m definitely for the latter. The water comes first. Now, let me introduce you the water of Niseko Grand Hotel’s hot spring.

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The indoor bath

The indoor bath has a rare to find interior. The water flows from the higher pools to the lower ones. This is often seen at open air hot springs, but rather unique for indoor baths. Therefore the ceiling is rather high too.

The bath is covered in nice hot spring steam. You can expect positive effect even from this mist. The fragrance isn’t very strong, but it’s soft and typical for this place.

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The ultimate beautification hot spring with 600 mg of metasilicic acid!

The upper pool of the inside bath has water with 600 mg of metasilicic acid, so it’s considered the ultimate beautification hot spring.

Open air hot springs have a nice view, but if you’re looking for a beautiful skin effect, enter this water pool in the inside bath. It is a bit greenish and muddy, so it feels slightly thick. The water is also rich in iron, therefore some of the bathroom tiles have turned brown. Ladies, remember well this water pool in the upper section of the inside bath.

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An open air gender-mixed bath with a scenic view!

Now let’s go to the open air bath. The photo shows how it looks like.

When I visited it in the end of October, the autumn colors season was about to end. Breath-taking beauty! And the greenish water! Beautiful! Lately I’ve clearly become a fan of inside baths, but this is quite special. A splendid open air hot spring! However, it is gender-mixed so ladies should watch out when they come from the inside bath.

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Enjoy the open air bath at the perfect temperature!

It felt really great! Wide! Beautiful skin! Scenic view! Abundant amount of water! It is exactly 40 degrees. I enjoyed a long and leisurely bath in this perfect water temperature and under the cool wind. The water is a bit thick so for a little while I felt that even I became a pretty woman! By the way this open air bath uses two different hot spring sources mixed together.

Besides, it’s a great pleasure to watch the snow from an open air bath in winter Niseko. First you warm yourself up in the inside bath and then you go outside. In colder months you should put a warm towel over your head as you’re dipping in the open air bath. In winter the head gets cold easily and blood vessels shrink. Therefore especially older people should be careful.

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Both the water and the view are splendid

It was fantastic! It’s rare to find such good quality hot spring water. It’s even worth going all the way to Niseko just for the hot spring.

In Niseko not only the hot springs are good, but also the nature is beautiful and the food is delicious too! The resort is attractive even outside of the ski season. The spring Niseko when life is born, the summer and fresh Niseko, the autumn Niseko with its colorful trees and the snowy winter Niseko.

My visit was in the peak of the autumn colors season, so next time I want to visit in spring, summer and winter. Of course, there are other recommended hot springs in Niseko too! I will introduce them next time. Low cost airline companies fly to Chitose Airport from Kanto and Kansai regions, so the trip can be surprisingly affordable.

That was the hot spring which your guide Onsen Sommelier Guchi really liked. Yes, it was very good!

Place: Niseko Grand Hotel Address: 048-1511 Hokkaido, Abutagun, Niseko-cho, Niseko 412 Phone: 0136-58-2121 Day trip hot spring fee: 700 JPY (800 JPY between December 14 and March 31) Day trip hot spring time: 11:30~ 22:00 Hot spring water quality: Sodium chloride spring and sodium chloride-bicarbonate spring Hot spring type: Free-flowing (no heating, no water added, no sterilization) pH: 6.0 and 6.4 (both are neutral) Temperature: 48.9 degrees and 67.2 degrees

This article was originally published on Sep 23, 2015
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